Yanga Hit With FIFA Ban Following Contentious CAF Champions League Exit

Yanga Hit With FIFA Ban Following Contentious CAF Champions League Exit

Robert Abong'o
April 12, 2024 at 4:21 PM
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  • Yanga have been banned from making transfers after violating player registration rules
  • This comes less than a week after their controversial exit from the CAF Champions League
  • The Tanzanian club failed to comply with regulations on transfer payment confirmation

Tanzanian football club, Young Africans SC, have been banned by FIFA from making transfers.

The news follows the team's disappointment after being controversially eliminated from the CAF Champions League by Mamelodi Sundowns.

Yanga's exit from the CAFCL quarter-final was marred by controversy over an alleged disallowed goal by Stephane Aziz Ki, which VAR did not review.

Tanzanian club Yanga have been banned from making transfers by FIFA. Photo: @YoungAfricansEN.
Yanga have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA. Photo: @YoungAfricansEN.
Source: Twitter

Adding to their woes, they have been banned due to irregularities in player registration, enforced by the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF). The club failed to comply with FIFA regulations, specifically regarding transfer payment confirmation in the Registration System (TMS).

According to a statement by the TFF, FIFA's decision to ban Yanga from registering players prompted the local federation to impose a similar restriction on the club.

“Young Africans did not enter the transfer payment confirmation of the player concerned in the Registration System (TMS), despite being reminded to do so, read part of the statement, as reported by iDiski Times.

Yanga file complaint to CAF

Yanga's grievances extend to match-fixing allegations during their clash at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. They argue that the disallowed goal incident involving Aziz Ki was not adequately reviewed by the match officials, casting doubt on the integrity of the refereeing decisions.

The club called for CAF to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter, urging the federation to scrutinize match footage and hold individuals accountable for misconduct.

"It is concerning that despite substantial investments in VAR technology, its role in ensuring fairness and accuracy in critical match decisions was not upheld. This incident raises questions about the integrity of refereeing standards and the effectiveness of VAR in upholding fair play principles in football competitions," they said, as reported by Far Post.

Former FIFA referee explains Yanga's disallowed Goal

Sports Brief reported that former FIFA referee and VAR instructor, .

The Tanzanian champions were embroiled in a heated moment with Mauritius referee Dahane Beida, believing they had scored a crucial goal.

Stephane Aziz Ki's powerful strike seemed to cross the goal line before it bounced back into Ronwen Williams' arms.

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